Updated TV Ratings Friday: 'Fringe' Falls Further, 'Smallville,' 'Supernatural,' Down; 'The Defenders,' 'CSI:NY' Hit Lows

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February 12th, 2011

Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.4/5 1.4/5 1.4/5 1.3/4 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 5.998 5.517 3.713 8.320 2.144

Fringe dipped to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating in its fourth Friday episode down 12.5% from last Friday. Our polled readers turned out to have been wildly optimistic. At 8pm, Kitchen Nightmares drew a 1.5 rating, 12% below last Friday.

The CW's Smallville's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating was down 10% from last week, and Supernatural's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating was also down 10% from last week.

Burning off its episodes prior to cancellation, The Defenders drew a new series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, down 15% from last week. Back at 9pm, CSI:NY's 1.5 rating tumbled 20% vs. last week's 10pm episode, tieing a season (series?) low.

The second week of NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? thought up a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, up 8% from last Friday. Following it, a two hour Dateline: NBC drew a 1.4 rating, down 26% from last Friday.

ABC's Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown special garnered a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Following it at 9pm, a two hour 20/20 had a 1.6 rating.

Fox, NBC and ABC tied for the adults 18-49 ratings on the night.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, February 11, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millons)
8:00 FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.5 5 3.703
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? 1.4 5 6.524
CBS The Defenders 1.1 4 7.665
CW Smallville 0.9 3 2.232
8:30 FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.5 5 3.736
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? 1.4 5 6.678
CBS The Defenders 1.2 4 8.172
CW Smallville 1.0 3 2.422
9:00 CBS CSI:  NY 1.5 5 9.616
FOX Fringe 1.4 5 3.717
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.3 4 5.441
ABC 20/20 1.2 4 4.922
CW Supernatural 0.9 3 2.013
9:30 CBS CSI:  NY 1.6 5 9.704
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.5 5 5.881
ABC 20/20 1.4 5 5.586
FOX Fringe 1.4 4 3.695
CW Supernatural 0.8 3 1.908
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.8 6 7.136
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.4 5 5.706
CBS Blue Bloods - R 1.1 4 7.442
10:30 ABC 20/20 1.9 6 7.741
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.4 5 5.755
CBS Blue Bloods - R 1.2 4 7.318

Late Night ratings via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Friday night:

Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.8/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.1/4 with an encore delayed by an extended "Nightline."

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 0.9/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.3/2 with an encore delayed by an extended "Nightline."

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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